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Pernice Brothers

Formed after the 1997 breakup of singer/songwriter Joe Pernice's alt-country group the Scud Mountain Boys, the Pernice Brothers did an about-face from the lush '70s country sound of their final album, Massachusetts, and came up with the lush orchestrated pop of 1998's Overcome By Happiness. Recorded for Sub Pop, the album featured Joe's brother Bob (the lone holdover from the Scuds), guitarist Peyton Pinkerton from the New Radiant Storm Kings, bassist/producer Thom Monahan, drummer Aaron Sperske, and pianist/producer Mike Deming, and was a 12-song revelation to fans of smart and arranged modern pop music. There were almost no traces of country left in Pernice's sound; instead influences like Brian Wilson, the Left Banke, and Todd Rundgren seemed to be his main inspiration.

Following the release of its debut album, the band went into a self-imposed hiatus as Joe Pernice released a record in early 2000 on Sub Pop under the name Chappaquiddick Skyline. The record featured personnel made up of the Pernice Brothers' touring band: bassist Monahan, guitarist Pinkerton, new keyboardist Laura Stein, and drummer Mike Belitsky (both of whom were members of the Nova Scotia group Jale). The record was more sparse and downcast-sounding than the Pernice Brothers' debut. Both that record and Pernice's solo record from late 2000, Big Tobacco (which also featured Monahan, Pinkerton, and Stein), were, according to Pernice, made up of songs he considered not good enough to be released under the Pernice Brothers banner.

He finally came up with enough songs he deemed worthy of release by the band, and in 2001 the less orchestrated but still wonderful World Won't End was released to a ringing chorus of justified critical praise. The album featured the core band of both Pernice brothers, Pinkerton, Monahan, Stein, and Belitsky, and was released on Ashmont Records, a label that Pernice and business partner Joyce Linehan formed after Pernice parted ways somewhat acrimoniously with Sub Pop and found no other label that wanted to sign the band or that he wanted to sign with.

The band set off on a worldwide tour and returned to the studio in 2002 to craft their next release. Released in 2003, Yours, Mine & Ours had a less lush and arranged sound than the previous two records but showed no signs of artistic decline, as it was a strong batch of smart pop tunes by one of the finest bands anywhere in the early 2000s. Following the release of the album Belitsky and Stein left the group and were replaced by drummer Pat Berkery (also of the Bigger Lovers) and keyboardist James Walbourne (who played with Peter Bruntell). Nobody's Watching/Nobody's Listening, a live album/DVD set recorded in during their 2004 tour, was released in early 2005.

Meanwhile the group (which at this point consisted of Pernice, Monahan, Pinkerton, Berkery, and Walbourne) was recording their fifth album in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Titled Discover a Lovelier You, the album was released in June 2005 on Ashmont Records. 2006's Live a Little was the band's first record since Overcome by Happiness to be produced by Michael Deming and accordingly featured the return of that album's horns and strings, resulting in a sound that successfully melded the ornate approach of the group's debut and the more recent (relatively) stripped-down pop/rock sound. The group (now made up of Pernice, Walbourne and drummer Ric Menck with help from the returning Bob Pernice) successfully balanced both worlds on 2010's Goodbye, Killer. ~ Tim Sendra
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Track List: The Pernice Brothers: 5 Song Sampler From Live A Little

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Joe's voice is my soul's solace! xoxoxo love you Pernice Brothers.
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the possible Friday by the love of your life . Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 day . Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary out this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
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This was originally written by New Order...
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evan.lesser
God, I love Joe Pernice. As a songwriter, Joe's work gives me instant inspiration when I listen to songs like Baby in Two or Saddest Quotient. Aside from the brilliant songwriting and musicianship , the mixing is always shiny, deep, interesting, and beautiful. So wonderful. And I have to give thanks to Pandora for introducing me to Joe's work a few years ago.
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he sounds a bit like Murray Attaway, I like it! never would have heard it if not for Pandora
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Chap pa quid dick. Chap pa quid dicK. Chap pa quid diCK. Chap pa quid dICK. Chap pa quid DICK. QUID DICK. Chapped dick.
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Leave Me Alone is a great song. Joy Patrol. Thats the best way to describe. Nothing wrong with that at all.
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just a band with a sound that overcomes me with feeings lots of feelings. that i like
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great cover
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I would say this (at least the song "The Weakest Shade of Blue") sounds a lot like many other bands/artist s in the melodic/pop/ r o c k stylings of, say, The Beatles/McCa r t n e y . Reminded me of Michael Penn. But I enjoy a good melodic song like that.
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gbv kinda sucks compared to pb
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jrockes3
Guided By Voices with better guitar work.
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wow I was going to bypass this song and then ..as I listened...I got the best vibe on them..like they would be so cool to be creative with and hang with...very cool sound.
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my friends are related 2 them. they're pretty good.
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Not at all Robert Pollard, not sure where you get that comparison.
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I've been a huge fan of the scud mountain boys and the pernice bros. I think they are beyond compare.
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this basically is guided by voices. i don't know if i can support this. i mean, this is exactly guided by voices.

thoughts?
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I first came to hear PB by watching Gilmore Girls (the episode when Rory is listening to The Weakest Shade of Blue)... after that I quickly fell in love. :)
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dfitzladd
the vocals sound very very very close to Guided By Voices.
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jeekwee
don't play
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I'LL TELL YOU WHY THEY AREN'T FAMOUS...THE MUSIC INDUSTRY EATS ITSELF. OVERCOME BY HAPPINESS MAKES ME FEEL, WELL, I BECOME OVERCOME BY HAPPINESS!
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Why is this band not more famous? Another music industry injustice.
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kedarguru
vastly underrated
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Fairly surprising and thrilling pop on "Yours, Mine & Ours."

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